Thanh Ha litchis to be introduced to customers in Hanoi hinh anh 1A litchi selling point in Thanh Ha district of Hai Duong province (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA)Thanh Ha litchis, a specialty of northern Hai Duong province, will be introduced to customers in Hanoi during a week-long festival from June 12-18.

The information was released at a press conference held by the organisers in Hanoi on June 5. The festival is designed to promote consumption of the fruits.

To serve the festival, the An Viet Group Joint Stock Company is coordinating with ABA Cooltrans Company in providing transportation and cool storage services. With a 25,000 sq.m cold storage which has a capacity of 10,000-15,000 tonnes of products, the preservation time of litchi will last at least 20 days.

Hai Duong litchis received a geographical indication from the Ministry of Science and Technology’s National Office of Intellectual Property in 2007. The local fruits were in the Top 10 quality products in 2013 and 2014 and received the Gold Brand prize in 2015.

The Vietnam Association of Food Science and Technology granted a “trustful and safe food brand” certificate to Thanh Ha litchis in 2016. The same year, the ancient litchi tree in Thuy Lam village was recognised as the oldest of its kind in Vietnam.

Thanh Ha district has 3,900 hectares of litchis, which are expected to yield 35,000 tonnes of fruits this year.

According to Nguyen Thi Ha, Vice Director of the provincial Department of Industry and Trade, the province has 10,500 hectares of litchis, expected to yield 55,000-60,000 tonnes of fruits this year. The harvest time is from May 15 to the end of June.

Currently, 131.68 hectares of local litchi cultivation are qualified for export to the US, EU and Australia. The province is also home to 334 hectares of litchis grown in accordance with VietGAP standards.

Besides the domestic market, Thanh Ha litchis have increased its presence outside the country. The fruits have been sold in Australia, Canada, China, France, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Sweden, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates and the US.-VNA